obstansersee huette und obstanser see
obstansersee huette und obstanser see

From Kartitsch to the Obstansersee lake

The Obstansersee is a magic spot on the Carnic Ridge. The ascent of more than 900 metres in altitude is worthwhile for every nature lover

Starting point of our hike to the Obstansersee lake is Kartitsch. At the church we follow the path towards the Waldruhe Hotel and further to the sports ground. There the forest road through the Winklertal valley starts. At the head of the valley, the beautiful Obstans waterfall with several huge cascades on the rock face is located. The path no. 466 now climbs up the Dolomite cliffs to approx. 1,900 m a.s.l. where it reaches the alpine meadows at the Obstanser Boden.

Past the wooden Prinz Heinrich Chapel and a shelter the path crosses the flat alpine meadows before it steeply ascends again through the rocky landscape below the Rosskopf mountain. During this ascent we can also see the Obstans ice cave from which a jet of water bubbles. At our destination, at 2,300 m a.s.l., the Obstansersee lake and the eponymous mountain hut are located. The lake is a real scenic highlight at the Carnic Ridge and a worthwhile photo motif: deep blue the sky is reflected in the water, in the distance we can see the snow-covered glaciers of the High Tauern.

Author: AT

difficulty: difficult
  • Starting point:
  • Time required:
    04:55 h
  • Track length:
    13,3 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.390 m to 2.305 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +927 m | -927 m
  • Route:
    Kartitsch - sports ground – waterfall – Prinz Heinrich Chapel – Obstansersee lake
  • Signposts:
    Obstanser Seehütte, Nr. 466
  • Resting points:
    Obstanser Seehütte mountain hut
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    From Kartitsch to the Obstansersee lake

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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